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Animax Airs My Hero Academia Season 2 and Alice & Zouroku the same day as Japan

 

Enjoy the summer with the best and latest anime straight from Japan as Animax airs My Hero Academia Season 2 and Alice & Zouroku the same day as it is broadcast in Japan.  Both series will be available in localized subtitles for the enjoyment of anime fans in the Philippines and all across Asia.

 

My Hero Academia and Twin Stars Exorcists to Air in Asia at Animax the Same Day as Japan

 

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Anime fans are sure to be kept updated with the best of Japanese series as  Asia’s top Japanese anime channel, Animax, is set to air two of this season’s biggest series – My Hero Academia and Twin Stars Exorcists, both to be aired the same day it premieres in Japan!

Animax Unveils Summer Lineup, with My Hero Academia, Twin Star Exorcists, Shirayuki, and Cross Ange

 

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Animax proudly announces it’s exciting lineup for everyone this summer as they go all out with great new shows fresh from Japan.   My Hero Academia, Twin Star Exorcists, Snow White with the Red Hair, and Cross Ange: Rondo of Angels and Dragons will all be included in their programming, all still hot from Japan, so make sure to check out all the great features at Animax.

The Best of Anime / BOA 2015: Day 2

 

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With even more people coming in by the thousands to Function Rooms 2, 3, and 4 of the SMX Convention Center at SM Mall of Asia on its second day, The Best of Anime 2015 continues to stake its claim as one of the biggest anime conventions in the Philippines.  Already on its sixth straight year, BoA delighted its loyal fans by providing an exciting lineup of attractions and activities all weekend long, with an impressive roster of international guest cosplayers and performers to ensure that attendees have a memorable experience.

The Best of Anime / BOA 2015: Day 1

 

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On its sixth straight year of being one of the biggest anime conventions in the Philippines, The Best of Anime continued to exceed fan expectations as it rolled out an exciting lineup of attractions and activities and flew in an impressive roster of international cosplayers and performers to ensure that attendees have a memorable experience at this year’s edition.

Hero Faceoff 2015

 

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It was an exciting and competitive weekend for Philippine cosplay as Hero Faceoff 2015 showcased some of the best cosplayers from all over the country across different categories at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia. The stakes were high as not only the biggest cash prizes were up for grabs: the coveted invitation for the World Cosplay Summit to represent the country in Nagoya, Japan was waiting for the best team to perform in front of a huge crowd gathered that day.  The arkadymac.com team was of course there to bring you all the action and highlights for the event.

Myrtle and Erica at Press Con for Hero Face Off at the Best of Anime/BOA Event

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arkadymac.com brings you the action from yesterday’s press conference for the Hero Face Off at Best of Anime Event.  Held at around noon at Resto 9501, ABS-CBN 14th floor, we had the opportunity to have and interview with guest judge and cosplayer and PBB Big Winner, Myrtle Sarrosa, and one of last year’s Hero Face Off winners Erica Garbin.

 

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With me were the correspondents from the local otaku media in a collaborative effort to bring the best of the event to the otaku community.  Also present at the press conference were Hero TV Channel Head Jojo Neri-Estacio and Primetrade Asia President Irene Lloren who were gracious in answering the many questions we had to offer about the upcoming Hero Face Off 2014 during The Best of Anime (BOA) event this September.

 

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A collaboration of epic proportions is coming this September as Hero TV and Primetrade Asia, Inc. present the rise of the cosplay empire with the Hero Face Off 2014 during the launch of The Best of Anime (BOA) this September.

The Hero Face Off, happening on September 21, is now on its 5th year of showcasing the best of cosplay in the Philippines. The event will be celebrating the distinct Pinoy creativity as embodied in the year’s ultimate cosplay battle. This will all be happening in the midst of BOA 2014, which continues to bring the culture, art, and fun entertainment of Japan to the Philippines on September 20 to 21 at Function Rooms 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The Hero Face Off competition this year will be divided into three categories: The Kids Squad category, League of Heroes category, and the Face Off category. Also particularly new for this year’s competition is that the Hero Face Off is now open to Filipino characters.

Among the judges for the Hero Face Off this year will be Pinoy Big Brother grand winner and Hero TV Anime Jock Myrtle Sarrosa, Hero TV Channel Head Jojo Neri-Estacio, Primetrade Asia President Irene Lloren, and Hero Face Off 2013 winner Erica Garbin. Meanwhile, My Hero Nation’s Kakki Teodoro and Mikoy Morales are set to host the said event. Also in store for everyone are performances by Luiu Aquino, Onnies, Kaika, STARMARIE, heidi., and Joe Inoue.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Hero Face Off 2014. For updates, visit www.facebook.com/myheronation.

 

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Miss Myrtle and Erica were also gracious in granting us a short photoshoot right after the event.  Our gratitude goes to them.

 

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At the conference’s conclusion, the round table otaku podcast went underway and under time pressure to have a recap of what just happened.  Stay tuned as we bring the podcast to you real soon.

 

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Shaider and Annie Cosplay by Bri and Kasumi

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Bri and Kasumi are cosplayers hailing from Nueva Ecija.  As most cosplay events happen in Manila, it can be tough for cosplayers living  in other parts of the country to attend most conventions.  Even so, Bri and Kasumi do the best they can to keep their passion for cosplay alive: crafting costumes and props, congregating with other cosplayers in their area, doing simple photoshoots in their hometown, and bearing with long, tiring trips to attend events in Manila when the rare opportunity arises.

 

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I get to see them during conventions and got to be friends with them online, so when I got to see their new cosplays I was quite excited.  They had a photoshoot of their new costumes  at their place in Nueva Ecija and I was thrilled when I saw them: Shaider and Annie.  It was pure nostalgia for me and I vowed to do a feature on them, and fortunately with their consent I was finally able to.  

 

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Bri and Kasumi cosplay Dai and Annie, the main characters from Space Sheriff  Shaider or Uchū Keiji Shaidā , a Japanese hero television show that aired from 1984 to 1985. It was released in the Philippines as Shaider in the mid-1980s, where it became the first tokusatsu show to be dubbed in Filipino by TV station ABS-CBN.  Although not much of a hit in its homeland of Japan, it has gained a cult following here in the Philippines, particularly among those grew up watching the exploits of Alexis (Dai) and Annie battling the forces of an evil empire.  

 

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Bri was among those who tuned in every week to watch the show.  Shaider was his childhood hero, and he earnestly dreamed of being a space sheriff when he grew up.  Though he realized his dream may remain just that, cosplay has allowed him to get some measure of what it would have felt like to be one.  When he finally got the hang of crafting armor costumes, creating Shaider was the first thing that came to mind as his big project.  Kasumi on the other hand says she feels an affinity to Annie being passionate and softhearted about helping those in need, something that she strives to do in real life.

 

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Bri tells us that the Shaider costume took almost two weeks to make: the armor, helmet, sword, blaster and other weapons. The Annie costume meanwhile took a week of sewing, customizing boots and making the beam gun.  They say that this is their first-ever pair cosplay.  They both love the series so much and they say taking on the role felt right.

 

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They both tell us that it is fun and enjoyable cosplaying as a pair.  They discovered that it makes them more passionate in their craft as they continue to work together.  They say that cosplaying as a pair brings out the best in them because they love each other in real life and that makes their characters come alive even more.  Outside of cosplay, they both love playing video games, reading books and comics, drawing manga, traveling, and going out on food trips.

 

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The couple made their Shaider and Annie cosplay debut  at the 7th Philippine Cosplay Convention at Robinsons Manila.  Their cosplays were an instant hit.  Hundreds of people asked to have their pictures taken with them and photographer were all over them asking for a shoot.  We asked them how they felt when people took photos of them and with them.  “We feel happy and honored that people want to take pics of us because they also grew up watching Shaider and they share their memories with us how the series inspired their childhood.”

 

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They tell us that the  greatest challenge in cosplay is bringing a character to life and giving justice to it. “When people can see only the character you cosplay and believe you are that character they love, then you can say that you have succeeded and have done it well.”  Despite the trials and difficulties they have had cosplaying, they are glad to have friends and group mates who have always been supportive of them. They admit that their parents can’t relate to their cosplaying most of the time, but they do try to let them enjoy their hobby once in a while as long as they don’t forget their responsibilities at home.  And to those who have helped them out over the years, they have this to say:   “We would like to thank  our group mates at Red Factor and NECC (Nueva Ecija Cosplay Club), who were always there to support and cheer for us. And most of all, we would like to thank the Lord for giving us talents and skills that allow us to be creative and artistic in our passion.”

 

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Seeing their cosplays made me realize the power that cosplaying can have over people.  It can evoke so many emotions ad memories of a time long forgotten. More than just for nostalgia, cosplay presents endless possibilities to turn imagination into reality.

 

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Misaki Con 2013

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Those in the local cosplay scene know and love Ashley Misaki, a bright and talented young lady who has taken the local cosplay scene to new heights, winning award after award with her striking costumes and fierce performances.  Those who have loved and supported Ashley have since organized Misaki Con, a unique  event  meant to celebrate cosplaying as a hobby and to foster togetherness within the community.

 

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Held over the weekend at SM Taytay, the event many special guests like Yuka Kuroyanagi and hosted by Hero TV ambassadors Mej Mejica, Liui Aquino.  Of course, Ashley was on hand to perform and host the show as well.  There was lots of games for everyone who attended, many booths as well as lots of giveaways and prizes to those who attended this free event.

 

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The highlight of the event was the individual cosplay competition where around 70 cosplayers vied for many wonderful prizes in 9 different categories, as well as Hero TV choices.  The participants wowed the crowd with their stunning costumes and exciting performances.

 

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With the number of attendees and participants in the hundreds, Misaki Con was a great success, with Ashley herself personally thanking everyone who took part in the event.

 

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